By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
The long awaited COVID-19 vaccine is only a few days away from getting into the country and the government has laid out the plan to follow while administering the COVID-19 vaccine in the country through the Ministry of Health.
According to credible sources from the Ministry of Health, the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines is set to arrive into the country on Friday this week.
Towards the end of last year when government handed in its application to COVAX for the COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca, government said that frontline workers, elderly people and those most vulnerable to the pandemic will be top priority when vaccination kicks off.
Today, March 2, 2021, the Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has said that COVID-19 vaccination will start next week on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 and as it has been in other countries that kicked off vaccination earlier, health workers will be vaccinated first.
It should be noted that some health workers have been infected with the virus while executing their duties, so it is only fair that they are vaccinated first so that they can take good care of patients without fearing that they will be infected on the job as well.
After vaccinating the health workers, Aceng has said that the next group of people to receive the vaccine will be teachers, as schools start re-opening for other classes.
The Minister has reiterated that vaccination is voluntary and free of charge.
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